LAS VEGAS, NV – The UNLV men’s basketball program received signed national letters of intent from Jelan Kendrick and Christian Wood on the first day of the early signing period, head coach Dave Rice announced Wednesday. They will both enroll at UNLV next fall, Kendrick as a junior and Wood as a freshman.
Kendrick, a former McDonald’s High School All-American, is a 6-foot-7-inch, 205-pound sophomore guard at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Originally from College Park, Ga., he is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 24.2 minutes per game for Indian Hills. The Warriors are 4-0 this season and averaging 109.0 ppg.
“We are excited to have Jelan join our program,” Rice said. “He is a natural lead guard whose versatility and basketball I.Q. allow him to play multiple positions. Jelan has the ability to score and rebound and is at his best making plays for his teammates.”
In addition to playing in the McDonald’s High School All-American game in 2010, he also played in the Jordan Brand Classic scoring 13 points. Named to the Parade Magazine All-America third team, the Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) graduate was also an ESPN/RISE All-America second team pick. Kendrick was ranked as the No. 3 player at his position in the class of 2010 by Rivals (15th overall) and Scout, and 44th overall by ESPN. He signed with Memphis out of high school and then transferred to Mississippi.
Wood is a 6-foot-11-inch, 210-pound senior forward/guard at Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev. Originally from Palmdale, Calif., he is ranked as the No. 36 overall player in the class of 2013 by Rivals and No. 8 at his position. Scout lists him at No. 13 at his position, while ESPN has him No. 63 overall. He is averaging 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game this season as Findlay has started the year 4-0.
Last year Findlay finished 32-1 and won its third National High School Invitational title in four years. Wood averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game off the bench as a junior for the Pilots. He was a teammate of current Runnin’ Rebel Anthony Bennett last year at Findlay.
“We are excited about the addition of Christian,” Rice said. “He is a long, athletic and versatile wing, who is an explosive scorer from multiple spots on the floor. Christian is a terrific rebounder and shot blocker.”
Kendrick and Wood join Dantley Walker to make up UNLV’s 2013 recruiting class. Walker will join the Runnin’ Rebels as a freshman next year after finishing a two-year LDS mission. He attended Lincoln County High School in Panaca, Nev.
Courtesy UNLV Athletics and UNLVRebels.com